abductors said they would execute Kotchneva by Dec.
13, but then delayed their plans, claiming they were waiting for Ukrainian or
Russian authorities to meet their demands, which they refused to announce
publicly. According to news reports, the
rebels denied money was on the list of demands.
Kotchneva, 40, who used to work as an interpreter
and journalist for a number of Russian media, was kidnapped in mid-October by
guerillas claiming to belong to the rebel Free Syrian Army.
“If the Ukrainian authorities have faithful
intentions all will be fine. If we are deceived, the results will be negative,”
Abu Jandal, one of the Free Syrian Army’s commanders, said in a Skype
conversation to TV journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk, who posted it on her blog. “We
are waiting for somebody to get in touch with us at 1500 on Dec. 18,” Jandal